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Based on site visits to 22 key research teams in China, as well as interviews with ethicists and Ministry of Health officials, this book investigates how, over the last decade, Chinese stakeholders have developed a cosmopolitan sensibility in comprehending and responding to ethical and regulatory concerns with influence from both within and without their national boundaries. It elucidates the structural and administrative particularities stem cell scientists are confronted with and charts the transformation of Chinese science from an image of the 'Wild East' to a responsible player in the international stem cell community. This book demonstrates the feasibility, and implications, of a less advantaged country in influencing global research trends and provides a powerful corrective to existing cosmopolitan frameworks which are established mainly on Western data sources. It contributes both to the empirical social study of science and to current theoretical debates on cosmopolitanization.


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Based on site visits to 22 key research teams in China, as well as interviews with ethicists and Ministry of Health officials, this book investigates how, over the last decade, Chinese stakeholders have developed a cosmopolitan sensibility in comprehending and responding to ethical and regulatory concerns with influence from both within and without their national boundaries. It elucidates the structural and administrative particularities stem cell scientists are confronted with and charts the transformation of Chinese science from an image of the 'Wild East' to a responsible player in the international stem cell community. This book demonstrates the feasibility, and implications, of a less advantaged country in influencing global research trends and provides a powerful corrective to existing cosmopolitan frameworks which are established mainly on Western data sources. It contributes both to the empirical social study of science and to current theoretical debates on cosmopolitanization.


Reviews

'This is a highly original, ground breaking study as it enriches cosmopolitan theory with empirical data from a developing country.' - Ulrich Beck, Professor of Sociology, University of Munich, Germany
 
'Joy Zhang delivers a lucid and pioneering account of non-western science-in-the-making. This important book will be of value to a wide range of scholars by elucidating not only the cosmopolitanization of science in China, but how this process can be analysed sociologically, and why such research matters.' - Sarah Franklin, Professor of Sociology, University of Cambridge, UK

'Zhang deftly illuminates the worlds of stem cell research and ethical governance in China. Rather than situate scientific knowledge in terms of flows from East to West, or vice versa,this book illustrates how national agendas of science reframe knowledge and material practices as cosmopolitan.' - Nancy N. Chen, Professor of Anthropology, University of California Santa Cruz, USA


Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of Acronyms
Note on Transliteration
Cosmopolitanization and China's Stem Cell Research: An Introduction
Regulatory Framework and Early Administrative Rationales
Research Motivations for Stem Cell Research
Emerging Reflexivity in Transnational Communication
Tizhi Wenti I: The Social Organization of Stem Cell Research
Tizhi Wenti II: Governance on Research Funding and Performance Evaluation
Stem Cell Therapy and the Governance of Uncertainty
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography


Authors

JOY YUEYUE ZHANG Fernand Braudel Fellow at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris, France. She previously worked at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.